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Taking a look back

Today, in a moment of nostalgia I decided to take a look at my old blog.  Looking throughout the years, I honestly believe that my writing style hasn’t changed much. Nor have my topics of interest.
I remember, however, a post that I did in 2008 entitled “The end is near”  and in that post I talked about my mortality and how one day I was going to die. I didn’t know when, but I knew that I was going to die. So, I decided to make a list of reasons why I shouldn’t be cried for during my funeral. Instead, people should be joyously celebrating the life I’ve had. Because, despite the bumps along the way, I believe that my life has been FULL of experiences that i would never trade away.

This is a look at the 2008 list:
Don’t cry for me I have a wonderful family
Don’t cry for me I have incredible friends
Don’t cry for me I’ve laughed so hard I hyperventilated to the point of almost blacking out
Don’t cry for me, I’ve laughed so loud my friends could hear me from a different room on the other side of the building, and floor.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve laughed so hard that milk came out of my nose
Don’t cry for me, I’ve had good beer with even better friends
Don’t cry for me, I’ve had mind-blowing 4-5 hour long discussions on theology, and not just the simple stuff, but on incredibly weighty issues
Don’t cry for me, I’ve seen Christ save people
Don’t cry for me, I’ve been to Malaysia, Hong Kong, the UK, Kazakhstan, East Asia and the US
Don’t cry for me, I’ve smelled the ocean
Don’t cry for me, I’ve been on a mountain
Don’t cry for me, I’ve seen a sunset
Don’t cry for me, I’ve seen a sunrise
Don’t cry for me, I’ve been to university
Don’t cry for me, I’ve eaten the best sushi
Don’t cry for me, I’ve had amazing bubbletea
Don’t cry for me, I’ve eaten incredibly mouth-watering, savoury food
Don’t cry for me, I’ve eaten a lobster
Don’t cry for me, I’ve ridden a horse
Don’t cry for me, I’ve eaten a horse
Don’t cry for me, I’m home

In 2008, that list had quite the meaning for me. Not much of that list has changed. I still intend on ending it with “Don’t cry for me, I’m home.”
So with that said, the new list looks like this:

Don’t cry for me, I have an amazing family
Don’t cry for me, I have amazing friends
Don’t cry for me, I’ve laughed loudly and long.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve cried tears of joy and sadness.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve eaten the most amazing food
Don’t cry for me, I’ve made/helped make some really tasty food
Don’t cry for me, I’ve sang horribly off key, with my friends in Karaoke.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve had really good beer with even better friends
Don’t cry for me, I’ve had long, insightful, weighty talks about theology and life with stellar people.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve been to the U.S, East Asia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, England, Singapore, Amsterdam, and Kazakhstan
Don’t cry for me, I’ve been to both the West and East coast of Canada.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve seen a beautiful sunset.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve seen a beautiful sunrise.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve been on a mountain
Don’t cry for me, I’ve smelled the ocean
Don’t cry for me, I’ve drank water from glacial ice.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve been to and graduated from university.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve drank the best tasting bubble tea.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve ridden a horse.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve eaten many different cultural foods.
Don’t cry for me, I was part of a fiercely awesome church body, who loved Jesus with all they are.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve prayed with fierce, passionate men and women of Christ.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve seen Jesus save and change people.
Don’t cry for me, I’ve had the privilege to be used by Jesus as He’s saved and changed
people.
Don’t cry for me, I have been saved, redeemed, rescued and changed by Jesus. By His Grace, through His blood.
Don’t cry for me, I’m home.

There are times where I do think heavily on my own fragility. My life, like the Bible says, is like dew. Here in the morning and gone in the afternoon. This list serves as a list of joyous events and occasions worth celebrating. And I honestly hope that throughout the years it will continue to grow. Until it reaches the end, and I am truly home.

Hansen

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Day 06 – put your iPod on shuffle and list the first 10 songs to play

I’ve already done this in the previous 30 day challenge. However, because I have a rather large playlist i decided to do it again, to see what songs came up last time. For those of you who missed the last one, you can see the list here.

10. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson

9. Do you love me? – The Contours

8. (I’ve had) The time of my life – The John Morris Orchestra

7. Got Beef – Sintax.the.Terrific

6. A haunted house – Joe hisashi

5. Effortless – Mars ill

4. The godz must be lazy – Sev Statik and Dust

3. I have a dream/Thank you for the music – Amanda Seyfreid

2. Kiss you goodnight – Meg & Dia

1. Standing the Storm – William Joseph

So here’s to another 10 song shuffle playlist….out of 2092 songs. Woohoo!

Hansen

Things that made me smile today:

– little kids not having a care in the world

– talking to friends I have made since working in the mall…this time it’s the people working at fido.

– hearing this and remembering how amazing the original 16-bit Donkey Kong Country game was. graphically and musically.

Day 1: New Challenge, same ol’ same ol’

Today is the start of the brand new 30 day challenge. To get myself into it, I decided to start off with a topic that I’ve done in my past 30 day challenge. And that is list [insert number here] interesting facts about yourself. Hence why it’s same ol’ same ol’. However the topic is a little different because of the added bonus of a recent picture. As well as having the interesting facts be cut in half. Now the problem with the last one, at least according to some of my friends, I will admit to this myself, is that they were rather shallow…and really didn’t tell people much about who I am, rather just told people about what I’ve done (many of the points were food or travel related). I admit, I don’t find myself all too interesting, but I will try to reveal more of who I am in these 15, instead of what I’ve done and such. So to kick things off here is topic number one:

A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

That is Alphonse, the plush reindeer that I got at my place of working

1) I listen to all kinds of music, but the genres that make me the most emotional are hiphop (provided the lyrics are amazing) and instrumental

2) Despite how energetic I can get, my preference for a fun time is just a nice relaxing time reading, or just chilling out with friends.

3) For three or four years, I struggled and wrestled heavily with the whole topic of predestination and free-will in relation to God’s omnipotence. In a way, I still do.

4) At times, (though admittedly not as bad or as frequently as before) I question  whether or not I am in Christ, or I have somehow managed to believe in a lie.

5) When I am in uncomfortable situations (read: awkward situations) I tend to either get a deadpan face, or laugh.

6) I like reading comic books

7) I want to either be a pastor or serve in the Church in a full time ministry setting

8) I finish hot drinks way too quickly

9) I like chocolate, but I do not like candy

10) I enjoy having adventures in other countries, or even in other parts of this country. Hopefully going to Korea very soon.

11) Sometimes books (depending on the subject matter or storylines) make me weep.

12) I only enjoy singing in a corporate group setting….or in a KTV room with friends

13) I like climbing trees in the summer, finding a comfortable nook to sit in and relax, just soaking in the magnificence of the things (man-made or nature) around me.

14) Apparently I can nap rather comfortably…. almost anywhere

15) I love riding in airplanes, but I constantly get airsick. On the other hand, I’m not a huge fan of boats….but I don’t get boatsick.

Things that made me smile today:

-meeting old acquaintances at the gym and catching up on life

-father-son conversations where the father is giving lessons on treating public places with respect, as if it were your own (in this case: the Y)

-good hiphop music (Deepspace 5, AMPmovement etc)

-meeting friends for good food and good message 🙂

Hansen

Blog challenge pt II: Return of the 30 day blog challenge

Ah, it’s a new year.  yes I am four days late on that. Sorry. Anyway, I recently have finished one 30 day blog challenge (which admittedly I don’t think I actually finished in 30 days). However, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed much of the topics that were presented. There was quite the balance of fun ones that didn’t take much time, and reflective ones that took longer. So I decided to do another 30 day blog challenge. I did, unfortunately hit a snag. And that snag was that many of the 30 day challenges I came across were far too shallow for too much of the challenge (or ALL of it), or they were too serious. So i decided to make my own list with the questions that looked fun,interesting and reflective. I will begin doing it again shortly, and much like last time I’ll probably do 7 posts in a row and take a one to two day break. So here we go again! And here is the list of the upcoming topics (just so you know the questions with the names beside them are ones that my friends have suggested).

1)    A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

2)    What are you passionate about?

3)    Favorite super hero and why

4)    Would you rather someone tell you the truth up front but gently, or be lied to to spare your feelings?

5)     The meaning behind your WordPress name

6)    Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play

7)    Pick a song that projects the same mood as your day or week and explain.

8)     What makes you different from everyone else

9)     If you could trade places with anyone for one week, who would it be and why?

10)  Most inspiring Asian – Andrew Tan Wei Aun

11) A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you

12) Do you feel protective over someone?

13) What do you think it means to be in love?

14) Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why

15) What is your favourite kind of food (to eat/make) and why? – Kristen Soo

16) Your Favourite Pirate – Alex Mcphie

17) Your opinions on Lady Gaga

18) Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad

19) Is there anything you would you like to change about yourself?

20) Who are you? In comparison to who you used to be. What made you change?

21) Favoritest animal ever and why

22) in what ways is voice important to you? what would you ever do if you lost that voice? – Sarah Harris

23) How do you think people see you? Be a little negative and a little positive.

24)  Is there anything you would you like to change about yourself?

25) When you are stressed, what can you use as an outlet? Why do you think it helps you?

26) A picture of somewhere you’ve been to

27) Tell us about the last movie you saw in theatres

28) What I would find in your bag

29) What you wanted to be as a kid – Amanda Marvin

30) Look back. Why did you choose this challenge? Do you think it says anything about you?

Just something new for hopefully every post onward:

I think, for me at least, that too often I forget to remember the little things, or seemingly insignificant things that give me joy, or make me smile. I have a couple of blogs that I go to, where the author lists things that make them smile, or bring them joy. So in an effort to remember, and cherish the little moments of joy and happiness that each day brings, I will begin listing them here on my blog at the end of everyone of my posts.

Things that made me smile today:

– my co-workers, I seriously enjoy working at Bath and Body Works. It’s not so much the fact that I like retail/customer service jobs. It’s moreso the fact that most of the co-workers that I’ve gotten to know and work with are such a joy to be around.

– customers that are genuinely grateful for help in finding discontinued products during a time of crazy sales.

– little kids. They are just so precious.

– Working out. Even though some days I feel lazy and don’t want to do my full work out (like today) I still love it. It’s quite refreshing.

Hansen

It’s the final day!

WOW! I finally hit day 30 of this first 30 day blog challenge! I’m finished! That’s so crazy. For those that have kept up with all (or a majority) of the posts. Thank you. To those that knew me before I began writing this thing, well, you now know me just a little bit better. or something like that. I think that the topic for the final day is rather fitting. It is another list…no not a silly one. Rather the topic is my highs and lows for this month. Now I know that I didn’t actually finish this in a month. If you take into account the days that I took a break, more likely I finished this in a month and a half or a bit. So I will go with that. And without further delay here is the final topic:

Day 30 – your highs and lows of the month (and a half…or a bit)

Highs

-becoming an uncle a few days before Christmas 😀

-getting a new Canon DSLR camera + pretty sweet looking single shoulder bag carrying case

-getting a signed copy of J.I packers “knowing God”

-going to see the Terracotta exhibit and other exhibits at the ROM and eating fantastic food afterwards.

Lows

– essentially being frozen on the application process for teaching ESL in Korea. (one out of two reference letters….even though I contacted four (FOUR!) people about it, and the RCMP is really behind in the whole police check thing)

Wow, I honestly thought that there would be more lows. but that is the only thing that comes to my mind. It was the only event that was/is incredibly frustrating. However, it is something that is quite out of my control. I trust that Jesus put the everything back into motion, in His time, and not mine.

As for the highs, I’m in awe at how incredibly blessed I am. I am thankful for a wonderful family and incredible friends. I’m thankful that Jesus has used them to grow me, love me, encourage me, challenge me (to step up, to grow up), call me out on things, to laugh with and at me.

So there you have it. The final post of the first 30 day list. I’m probably going to take a break and begin a new one in the new year. Prior to starting it, I’ll post the list of all the topics so that you, dear readers, know what you are getting into.

Hansen

Day 29 – Goals for the next 30 days.

It’s Christmas eve already….wow! And fittingly, this feels like a pre-new years resolution list. I mean isn’t this usually the time people end up making resolutions anyway? Or am I just really delusional? So with this list, here are my goals for the next 30 days.

-Start going to the gym again. I miss it. Even though it is going to be SUCH a pain what with all the New years people there. Urrrrgh.

– Finish some books that I haven’t finished for 3 years or so. Although realistically I may not be able to finish off the HUGE list. So I may as well just list off the ones that I want to finish within the next 30 days. The first one as called “Humility and Absolute Surrender” by Andrew Murray, which is in fact two books squished into one. It’s good from what I remember, but I think I’ll have to re-read it from the beginning. The second one is “Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility” by D.A Carson.

– Start journaling and memorizing verses when I read God’s Word. I find it so easy not to. Even though I know the importance of it, I don’t understand the importance of it. If I did understand the importance of it, I would probably put more of an effort into doing it.

-Finish reading “The Practice of the Presence of God and The Spiritual Maxims” by Brother Lawrence.

– Do my work well at Bath and Body Works and Payless Shoes (not just show up to work physically, but mentally and emotionally as well). I find it is so easy to slip into the mindset of this is just a “job” that has no importance in life. I was reminded by my friend, Amanda (check out her blog via my links…ps: shout out!) as well as Brother Lawrence’s book, that even our jobs, no matter how mundane or seemingly insignificant can be used to Glorify and Worship Jesus.

I pray, that this list, by His Grace, challenges me, changes me, develops in me spiritual disciplines and finally grows me in loving Jesus for…Jesus.

Hansen

Ps: I probably will start another 30 day challenge after this one is over, but I will most likely take a break of undetermined length…maybe I’ll do it via youtube video.

Day 26 – What kind of person attracts you.

oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. When I first decided to do this challenge, there were two days that made me freak out. The first day was….uh, day 01. and the second day was this day’s topic. There are many things about my life that I am very open about. My life story is one of them, another thing are my struggles. Those two topics I can talk about, with a little bit of nervousness, but in the end I’m fine with talking about them. Talking about the attributes that attract me to a person on the other hand, is like putting my hand into a giant plexi box filled with ants and spiders. It’s frightening and there is a fear that something will bite. Well with this topic, it’s more of a figurative sense.

Seriously, you would think that just typing this would be far more alright than telling someone. But you would be very wrong, because as I type I am getting more and more nervous. Hence why there is so much stalling with a whole lot of words not expanding upon the topic that was given today. Some friends of mine suggested that I skip this day, or do a different topic to replace it. I don’t think I will do that. I’m sure it’ll be alright. right? By the way, if you haven’t realized it already, I’m assuming that this question “What kind of person attracts you?” means in a romantic attraction way.

Ok enough stalling, here is the list of (SOME*) characteristics of the kind of person that attracts me:

– Loves Jesus. As in she has a growing relationship with Jesus.

– Knows (for the most part, I don’t think we know ourselves 100 percent completely…if we were honest) herself and knows who she belongs to (again, knows and loves Jesus). Translation: She has a strong sense of identity.

– blunt honesty. She isn’t afraid to voice her opinions or at the very least, will voice them because she is convinced about what needs to be said. and isn’t afraid, or rather, is very convinced that what needs to be said, needs to be said, even if it offends me.

– isn’t high maintenance. Rather not really into the make-up and what not. Doesn’t mean she dresses like a slob, but doesn’t overdress, or barbie doll herself up…know what I mean? Basically, she wears nice things, but she wears things she finds comfortable.

– Long hair

– Contagious laughter

Hansen

*by some I mean, I’m only revealing on here the characteristics I feel comfortable revealing on here.